IAM Spring Workshops

What makes organizations attractive to grantors? Understanding the grant funding process from concept to final reports is critical to making yourself grant ready. This workshop will provide an introduction to grant applications including: making sure your organization has what it needs, where to search for public and private grant sources, what grant makers want to hear about a project, and the realities of getting a grant including project management and reports. COST: $50 per member/ $75 per non-member RSVP: Register by March 1. Call 217-524-6977 or email

Workshop is offered 3 times in March:

Date/Time: Saturday, March 8
Location: DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville

Date/Time: Thursday, March 13
Location: Peoria Riverfront Museum

Date/Time: Saturday, March 15
Location: Southern Illinois Art & Artisan Center, Whittington

April 3, 2014

Advocacy is for all museum professionals- not just administrators! We are offering special help for first time attendees of Museum Day- learn what it’s all about and the simple ways your can be a cheerleader for museums. Museum Day is co-sponsored by Illinois Association of Museums, Illinois State Museum, Museums in the Park, and Arts Alliance Illinois. For more information, please call 217-524-6977 or email


Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program Accepting Applications

Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Program Providing $20 Million in Grant Funding

Public museums in Illinois can receive funding assistance to improve museum facilities and develop new exhibits through the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), which administers the program, is accepting applications from qualifying public museums. The deadline to apply is 5:00 pm on Monday, February 3, 2014.

“Museums play a vital role in helping students, families, and visitors to Illinois better understand the culture, history, and natural heritage of local communities and of our state,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller. “The Public Museum Capital Grants Program can assist local public museums in meeting their educational missions by upgrading or expanding museum facilities.”

A total of $20 million in funding from the state’s “Illinois Jobs Now!” capital program has been made available for public museum capital grants for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. The maximum grant award for qualifying projects for FY 2014 is $750,000. Projects will be reviewed solely on the merit of the application as presented; no changes to the funding request will be initiated during the review process.

The level of local matching funds required for each project is based on the level of attendance at the applicant museum during the preceding calendar year. Since the program is funded by capital development bonds, only those museums operated by or located upon land owned by a unit of local government are eligible.

In FY 2012, the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program granted $15 million to 49 museums for projects ranging from expanded facilities to exhibits and infrastructure improvements.

For detailed information on the application process, museum eligibility, matching fund requirements, and a copy of the application form, check the web site at this link:

Copies of the application forms can also be obtained by contacting the Division of Grants, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271, email, phone 217/782-7481.



Join the IAM List Serve

IAM has a List Serve to keep members and interested parties up-to-date on issues of interest to museum volunteers and staff. Join the list serve.


IAM Selects New Executive Director

The Illinois Association of Museums has named Jeanne Schultz Angel as the new Executive Director effective November 1, 2013. Angel will replace outgoing director Donna Sack who was recently named the director of the Association of Midwest Museums.

President Kate Schureman stated, "the Board of the Illinois Association of Museums is very pleased to welcome Jeanne Schultz Angel as our new Executive Director. We are thrilled with the addition of Jeanne as the association's Executive Director, and look forward to the many opportunities that she will bring to our state's wide variety of museums."

Angel comes to the position with over ten years of experience as an executive director, most recently from the Lombard Historical Society, winner of the IAM award of “Small Institution of the Year”. Angel was the President of the Kane-DuPage Regional Museum Association and is an Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar. She is a 2010 graduate of the prestigious Seminar for Historical Administration and the state representative for the American Association of State and Local History national awards program. Angel has BS in Anthropology/English and Masters in History from Illinois State University and has worked in the museum field since 1994.

“I am excited about this opportunity and eager to learn more about the wide variety of museums in Illinois and how IAM can help build a positive network of highly trained professionals,” says Angel. “The museum profession has transformed over the last decade and I look forward to serving our members in the ongoing efforts to foster positive change in their communities.”

Congratulations Senator Durbin!

Each year, the American Alliance of Museums presents awards to a few select members of Congress who have demonstrated their support of museums.  This year, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois was honored during AAM's Museums Advocacy Day on February 26 at a special Congressional reception.  Other awardees were Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Representative David McKinley (R-WV), and Representative John Lewis (D-GA).

Thank you Senator Durbin for your ongoing support of Illinois museums!

Photo of Illinois delegation with Senator Durbin

Photograph courtesy of the American Alliance of Museums, Front row, L to R: Kate Neumiller Schureman, V.P of Administration, Peoria Riverfront Museum; Donna Sack, Executive Director, Illinois Association of Museums; Bonnie Styles, Executive Director, Illinois State Museum; Karen Witter, Adjunct Museum Associate, Illinois State Museum; Senator Dick Durbin; Jim Richerson, President and CEO, Peoria Riverfront Museum. Back Row; L to R: Gail Ravnitzky Silberglied, Senior Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, American Alliance of Museums; Justina Doyle, University of Buffalo; Fritz Klein as President Abraham Lincoln; Marybeth Johnson, Vice President, Lincoln Park Zoo, Ford Bell, President, American Alliance of Museums


IAM 2013 Economic Impact Statement

Thank you to all the museums who participated in the 2013 Economic Impact Statement! The survey will be featured in Springfield at Museum Day 2013 on April 11. Click here to view the 2013 economic impact statement of IAM and our state's museums.

Create both and Education and Economic Impact Statement for your own museum and bring it to your state legislators. Great how-to tips for creating your own statements can be found on the American Alliance of Museums website at

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